The valuable skills that volunteers willingly bring to our organisation are recognised, appreciated and make a positive difference. We are thankful for the support from people of all ages and diverse backgrounds who use their skills and time to bring us a step closer to a cancer free future.
Why volunteer with us?
Our people work and volunteer at Cancer Council WA to contribute to an organisation that makes a real difference in people’s lives and is valued by the community we serve. Our staff and Volunteers are our biggest assets and our best advocates. You represent our organisation and give us the credibility to make a difference and do our work.
In return we are proud to foster a culture that supports individuals to reach their full potential, in an environment that reflects our values of evidence, integrity, care, equity, collaboration and boldness.
By volunteering with Cancer Council WA, you will be able to participate in meaningful work and make a real difference to those impacted by cancer, while being part of a dynamic and professional team, putting your skills to good use.
Our volunteers benefit from learning new skills, developing valuable experience, and the satisfaction of giving back to our cause by making a difference in our community.
We have a range of volunteer roles to suit different skill types, experience and commitment levels. These include:
- driving patients to and from their treatment
- planning and coordinating events
- support for people impacted by cancer through information, practical and emotional support services to assist patients and their families
- office administration and support
- helping out at events and fundraising activities
Whatever your motivation to volunteer may be, you can be sure that the time you give will make a huge difference in the lives of the people we serve within the WA community who are impacted by cancer.
What we offer – Volunteer Perks
Employee Assistance Program
As part of our commitment to our staff’s wellbeing, Cancer Council WA has an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that is available to all staff, including our regular volunteers.
The aim of EAP is to provide preventive and proactive interventions for the early detection, identification and/or resolution of both work and personal problems that may adversely affect performance and wellbeing.
Frequently asked questions
Who can volunteer?
People from all walks of life and experience levels volunteer with us.
Students and young people volunteer to gain some experience and skills they may need to help them get a job. Others may volunteer after they have had a break from the job market and are looking for new experiences or to re-fresh their experience.
Many of our volunteers are retired people, looking to put their skills, experience and some of their newfound free time to good use! Other volunteers are in full-time employment but find the time to volunteer out of business hours or have the support of their employer to be involved in short-term or one-off projects during business hours.
How much time do I have to give?
We offer a range of volunteer roles requiring different commitments of time. From on-going, longer term roles which require a level of commitment for a period of time but may only be for a few hours per week; full-time student placements which are generally for a specified time frame; to a morning or afternoon a week or one-off activities. We have a flexible volunteer management approach and attempt to fit in with volunteer’s lifestyles.
To keep within Volunteering Australia’s national standards, volunteer roles generally do not exceed 16 hours per week.
What skills and experience do I need?
Many of our volunteer roles do not require specific experience or skills. For example, if you would like to work on one-off fundraising events we will provide the required training and information to participate. Office based administrative support roles will often require good computer, telephone, or customer service skills. Role assignment descriptions are developed for all our volunteer roles so you will know what is involved and the skills and experience required are always clearly outlined within our volunteer advertisements.
What training and support will I be given?
Where possible, we try to recruit volunteers with relevant skills and experience to fit the role assignment and ensure they can fulfill the requirements of the role. An orientation is provided so that volunteers understand the organisation and how their role contributes to the achievement of goals.
All volunteers within Cancer Council WA have a staff member who supervises and supports them in their work. In many roles, more experienced volunteers will also be on hand to offer advice to new members of the team.
Where can I volunteer?
Our main offices are in Subiaco, Nedlands and Shenton Park as well as most major regional towns throughout WA, as far north as Broome and south as Albany. All advertised positions indicate the location of the role. Use our ‘Contact Us‘ page to find a location closest to you.
Depending on the type of role you apply for, there may be some projects or activities that can be undertaken remotely.
I have a special skill to offer – can I volunteer too?
From time to time people come forward willing to offer their professional skills or expertise to support cause. In the past we have benefited from the pro-bono help of graphic designers, web writers, lawyers, financial planners, journalists, business analysts, dietitians, video producers, accountants, trainers and facilitators.
Typically our volunteer roles are advertised as a pre-identified need, however if you have a particular skill to offer and would like to express your interest, please email our People and Culture Team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can consult internally to see if there is a future need for your skills or expertise.
I’ve applied for a volunteer role, what happens next?
Firstly, we’d like to thank you for taking the time to apply for a volunteering opportunity with Cancer Council WA!
For longer term, ongoing volunteer roles, there is normally a selection process. Typically you should hear back within 2-3 weeks of the closing date specified in the advertisement. If you have not been shortlisted for a volunteer position on this occasion, you will be notified via email. If you have been shortlisted, you can expect a phone call either to phone screen or be invited to an informal interview.
Reference checks will take place following the interview and prior to a formal offer to become a Cancer Council WA Volunteer being made. When requested, you will be required to provide contact information for two referees.